Your Councillors

*All Councillors are required to complete a Register of Interest form upon election or co-option under the Parish Council’s Code of Conduct adopted on 23rd October 2012.  You can view these forms by clicking on the links below.  Please note that signatures have been redacted.

 


 Cllr Rod Bridges

“My family links to the village date back more than 100 years - my grandfather inherited the cottage next to mine in 1901. My mother, myself and my daughter have all been pupils at Peasedown St John Primary School. I hope that my background in administrative, HR, Finance, and Project, Risk and Benefits Management will be of benefit in working on the Parish Council and serving the people of the Parish.  I think the Parish Council should focus on community, communication and the youth of the village.”

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Cllr Mandy Clarke

Cllr Mandy Clarke

“Being an active member of the village has always been something I’ve believed to be important. We all have a responsibility to look after the community in which we live in, which was why I decided to become a councillor back in 2011. Over those years, and before, I’ve helped set up the Peasedown Residents Association, where I currently serve as Secretary. Since 2005 I’ve also been an active member of various groups including St John’s Church, Mercy in Action, Party in the Park and the Fund for Peasedown.”

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Cllr Richard 'Tex' Clarke

 

I’ve lived in Peasedown for the last 15 years, and have been active in the community for most of that time.  I was part of the project team that helped to transform The Green area in Frederick and Albert Avenues, and today I am part of the Residents’ Association.  I’ve also been a regular volunteer at Party in the Park and have helped raised funds for the Fund for Peasedown, Mercy in Action Charity Shop and St John’s Church. As a resident of Albert Avenue, I will enjoy representing the views of the residents on the estate at Parish Council meetings.”

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Cllr Tom Clifford

"I have lived in the village since 1998, I am married with two children both of whom have attended Writhlington School.  I have worked in local government for 14 years, holding senior posts with Cambridgeshire County Council and South Gloucestershire Council.  Through my work I have a good understanding of sustainability and a keen interest in the environment.  I would be keen to utilise this knowledge on behalf of the Council with regard to the Council's environmental and planning work."

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Cllr Jo Davis

Cllr Jo Davis

"I’ve lived in Peasedown for 14 years, although my extended family has lived here for the last 100 years.  I want to bring Peasedown Parish Council into the 21st century by making it welcoming, easy to contact, active and responsive to all of the villagers – PSJ Council is responsible for spending circ £100,000 of our money each year! I want each resident of Peasedown to feel fully represented by their councillors at all times."

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Cllr Stephen Goodwin

“I was born to a farming family in Herefordshire, where I grew up.   After leaving school, I pursued a career in Engineering and have lived, worked and studied in various parts of the UK.  In addition to my engineering career, I have worked in a variety of settings including on my parents’ farm and a number if different volunteering roles. I enjoy thinking things through, identifying pitfalls and finding solutions and I hope to apply these problem–solving skills during my time as a Parish Councillor.”

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  Cllr Nathan Hartley
 

 Cllr Simon Kidd

Originally from the Teesside area, I went to University in South Wales and moved to Peasedown St John in 1995 and have lived here ever since. My children were born and raised here, and I consider Peasedown my home. I am particularly keen to look at the communications between the Parish Council and the community. To make the best use of differing communications media to reach the majority of people and create a public facing, open council. In particular internet publishing and how to deliver information can be done quickly, cheaply and effectively.”

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Cllr Andy Larcombe

“Originally from Cornwall, my 32 year career in branch banking with Barclays has taken me to many parts of the West Country until I settled in Peasedown, with my wife and daughters, 14 years ago. Having seen my family grow up in the village, I aim to use my experience as a parent and resident to enhance the village for all who live here. I am proud to be an independent councillor allowing me the freedom to represent my village with my own moral compass of treating everyone fairly, acting with integrity and always aiming to ensure every decision we make as a council delivers progress to a better life for those we serve, the residents of Peasedown St John.”

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  Cllr Ray Love

Cllr Lesley Mansell

“I have engaged with different communities for many years, making a difference by offering support and advice to a wide range of people so they could make changes for themselves. It’s important that Peasedown St John Parish Council listens to everyone in the community, that we work with you all to get the best outcomes for the whole of the village. It’s easy for councillors to turn up at meetings and shuffle paper, but we will all be judged on what we do for the greater good. Budgets are tight, but more needs to be done in Peasedown St John and I am prepared to challenge B&NES and other bodies to develop the local economy and get better results.”

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Cllr Jordan Ness

“Having lived in Peasedown for over 18 years, I am happy to at last be able to give something back to the community, as an elected Councillor. There are so many wonderful things in the village that I have been a part of over the years, such as performing live music at the annual Waggon & Horses charity fundraiser, and I am keen to help the village in whatever way I can through my role here at the Parish Council. I realise that being only 21, I am one of the youngest Councillors, but I am looking forward to working with, and learning from, the experience members that have served Peasedown well thus far."

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Cllr Claire Parfitt

“I have lived in the village for the last 30 years having moved from Bath. I am mother to five children and grandmother to two. I have strong family ties within the community - four of my children attended Peasedown Primary School, as did their father, aunts, uncle and grandparents. I run my own photography business, which is thriving, and my interests include photography and animals. I feel strongly that Peasedown St John should remain a village and that we should work on making the facilities we have the very best they can be.”

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 Cllr Jonathan Rich

 “I am pleased to say that I have lived in Peasedown St John all my life. I went to the local primary school & attended Writhlington school. I am passionate about my community and previously served for nearly 12 years as a Parish Councillor until Jan 2011. I was the vice chair for 4 years. I am determined to bring about positive change for all within my neighbourhood and I want to use my experience to ensure that the Parish Council is equipped to properly serve the people of Peasedown St John.’ I believe that Peasedown St John deserves a consistent Parish Council which puts people’s needs first.”

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Cllr Kathy Thomas

I have lived in the parish for 45 years, and during that time have seen many changes. There have been many improvements; the village is now well regarded. I am particularly interested in the care and development of our public open spaces and I am looking forward to continuing to serve the residents of the parish.  My priority during my time as Chair will be to ensure that we improve our communications within the Parish Council, between Councillors and Staff and between the Parish Council and the public.”

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 Cllr David Walker

Cllr David Walker

 “I’ve lived in Peasedown for 32 years and am the Managing and Financial Director of two locally based companies. We hope to fulfil our potential as a Parish Council and bring our village up to date and part of the wider community. Having represented Somerset at Football, Rugby and Cricket in my younger days, I have a great passion for sport and love to watch it whenever I can. I have enjoyed working with our village football teams, fellow Councillors and Parish Council staff to ensure that our sports facilities on the Recreation Ground are maintained to a high standard.”

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Cllr Karen Walker  

Cllr Karen Walker

“I have been happy to call Peasedown my home for 42 years. I attended Peasedown Primary, Writhlington Secondary, and Bath Technical College before raising three children. I have seen Peasedown grow over the last 20+ years which has brought many more families to our community. Community is something I feel very passionately about. I believe in bringing the people that live in this beautiful village together. By being active and encouraging others to do, we all feel a sense of empowerment. I am now a ward Councillor for B&NES Council and own and run Bath’s largest cleaning business with my husband David.”

Register of Interests 

Chair of the Council:  Cllr Kathy Thomas
Vice-Chair of the Council:  Cllr Karen Walker

Should you wish to contact any of the Councillors please email: clerk@peasedownstjohnparishcouncil.gov.uk 


Signatories to Council Cheques: Cllr J Davis, Cllr S Goodwin, Cllr A Larcombe, Cllr L Mansell, Cllr K Thomas, Cllr D Walker

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